Some people believe that the padre has a magic wand and can wave it and everything will be all right. Other people think that the padre or chaplain or vicar is in some way immune from real life and the real issues that effect everyday people.

Just a few days ago, my wife and I were having dinner with a friend. Over dinner our conversation reflected on the past twenty five years or so of life and all the ups and downs that we had experienced. For my part, I have known bereavement, redundancy, homelessness,

limited finance, limited work opportunities, working overseas, career change, and if I put my mind to it I’m sure the list would go on.

My friend shared her experiences, and during the course of her telling her story a certain word kept recurring. For my friend, her perspective and experiences were summed up by the word “adventure”. Whether my friend was successful in life or things went against her, my friend saw her story as an adventure. One adventure after another.

Now thinking about her story, is that not what our lives should be, an adventure. There are many people who have sacrificed the best because of the good. Many people remain status quo thinkers and have lost their sense of adventure. Life is a mystery but we must never give up on it, we must wrestle with it and grapple with it even if we cannot make sense of it. The last few years have been very difficult for many people and 2012 is going to be much more of the same.

I suggest that what we need is a slight change of perspective. Whatever the New Year may bring, whatever the successes, whatever the troubles or difficulties, let us try to see them as opportunities to learn from and adventures to be had.

In the bible there is a verse that reminds me that whatever we go through God will never leave us or forsake us. If you would like to know more speak to any chaplain.

In closing, if you are in the Falklands look me up and remind me, it’s an adventure!